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Shristi Attends University of Iowa Hackathon

Shristi attended the University of Iowa Hackathon for high school students at North Liberty High School. This is the first hackathon of UoI for high schoolers. There were seven teams: five teams with four students each, one team with three students, and one all girls team of two students – Shristi and a 9th grader from North Liberty High School whom Shristi met the previous day and formed a group.

All teams were given time from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to work on their projects and show to the judges at the end of the day. It was a fierce competition because other teams had senior and experienced programmers in their teams who worked on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence projects for this competition.

Suresh Sharma, Shristi’s father, had this to say:

“I was not expecting anything from Shristi’s team because they were competing against bigger and experienced teams. Shristi’s team was clueless when they started and in the beginning had no idea of the project, but finally, they came up with a very creative idea of creating an interactive map of major historical events during a specific period. Seeing the competition I was not expecting top three positions from Shristi’s team. I thought that if they were lucky, they might get a third place. When they announced the award, I was shocked and delighted that they got first place.”

Shristi and her teammate got first place because of the creativity, innovate thinking, and programming skills. It was a simple idea, but the judges hadn’t ever seen this type of thing before because it didn’t exist. The judges strongly encouraged Shristi to keep developing this idea and pitch this to Smithsonian. It was great and very satisfying to see Shristi’s progress.

 

-by Suresh Sharma

 

 

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

First of Its Kind for Maharishi School – Esports Victory

ESports Victory

Sage Cenatori is a true pioneer for the Maharishi School, recently bringing home the first place trophy from a tournament held at the WACO high school in Wayland, Iowa. This trophy is unique, not just because it was 3D printed during the competition, but because it was for an Esports tournament. Esports are video games that are played professionally and are generally watched by large audiences online and in person. Over 100 Universities and Colleges now offer athletic scholarships for budding Esport stars such as Sage, and many high school leagues have sprung up all around the country.

The Tournament

The recent tournament at WACO hosted 32 students from 8 different schools at their state-of-the-art Esports Arena. Students competed in a game called Fortnite which involves strategically building and battling their way to be the last player alive. Competitors have to protect themselves from their opponents while posturing for the high ground in a small arena. The battles are short, generally lasting about 5 minutes, but the action is blazingly fast.

Taking Home the Trophy

Drew Ayrit, the tournament organizer said Sage “dominated” the competition as Sage went undefeated through the bracket. Sage took home the first place honors along with his trophy and a specially designed gaming chair from Bytespeed who sponsored the event.

There was a clear buzz around Sage throughout the tournament as spectators and fellow students huddled close to watch as Sage methodically and creatively outsmart and outplay his opponents. Reaction times and hand-eye coordination are only part of the skill set necessary to be victorious. Much like traditional sports, there is a back and forth between opponents as they learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and decide how to approach each strategically unique situation. No battle is the same and creativity and flexibility are essential to be victorious.

Number One Challenge 

After the tournament, Sage said that “the fear of losing” was his number one challenge and that he didn’t just get used to it or learn how to deal with it but clearly “overcame” it throughout the course of the day.

Sage comes home with a well-deserved victory, and the Maharishi School adds another avenue for showcasing the creativity, intelligence, and mental toughness of their students. Congratulations to Sage for this pioneering accomplishment and hopefully this is the first of many trophies to be brought home to the Maharishi School.
– written by Owen Blake

 

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Success – How Do We Measure It?

All the Talk About Success

We all talk about success a lot. We all feel the pressure to succeed, and depending on our reaction to the pressure, we handle our own level of success very differently. Success means something different to everyone. Some measure success by monetary standards. Some measure it by name recognition or fame. Maybe the problem with success isn’t the different ways we define it but how we measure it.

Two Ways to Measure

At Maharishi School, we measure success in two ways.

The way we look at success is by considering inner development and outer achievement. While outer achievement is exciting and worthwhile, it is empty without inner development. We can measure our inner development in two ways. The first way we measure success is by looking at our failures. There will always be failures and setbacks on the path to success. The only way to reach our goals is to be tenacious, persistent, and to learn from that failure. Some of the best and hardest to learn lessons come in moments of failure. Without those moments, we may never find the depth of our success. The second way to measure the inner development of our success is by finding a way to be passionate about what we are doing.

We encourage students to be their own best. Of course, our students are graded on their work. However, they are also encouraged to be themselves, find their own success – failure included – and be passionate about whatever they are drawn toward.

Success looks different for everyone. We encourage our students to find out what it means for them.

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

What Does Rocketry Have to Do With Real Life?

Our Rocketry Team

First, if you haven’t heard about our rocketry team, let’s take a moment to get you caught up. Here is a quote from our Head of School, Dr. Beall, summing up the TARC season:

“11 Maharishi School students were in Virginia for the Team America Rocketry Challenge nationals. We qualified three teams by scoring among the 100 top performers in the months leading up to nationals, from more than 800 entries. On Saturday morning 99 of them launched and all three of our teams qualified for the Finals in the afternoon, now the Top 44.

The final results? One of our teams finished in 7th Place and another in 10th Place. Both teams received $5000 cash awards. And Maharishi School was the only school with two Top 10 teams.

And Rick Rudloff was named the national Outstanding Team Advisor!!”

In addition to our TARC season, our students were working with NASA (yes, literally the NASA) on another launch that his its own set of qualifying factors and process.

Things to Learn in Rocketry and Use Forever

Aside from our rocketry teams’ success, they learned something they can apply to anything and be more successful. They learned to find balance. Of course, learning the technical skills required to have successful launches is very important and is something these students will take with them into their futures. However, even if they do not pursue a career in rocketry or programming or design or any of the number of things they are learning to do, they will have learned the priceless skill of balancing and prioritizing different tasks in a way that leads them to success.

As you may have gathered from the above description of our season, our kids are busy! They excel, but they have to learn to prioritize. This means asking themselves tough questions:

“What tasks help me reach my goals?”

“What do we need to do first to be most successful?”

“What’s the most effecient path toward our desired outcome?”

“Which problem is the most important to solve?”

Balancing expectations and prioritizing tasks are crucial skills to learn. These are skills that will serve our students the rest of their lives. When discussing with Mr. Rudloff a moment he was most proud of in addition to being proud of the teams’ accomplishments, he was proud of their ability to balance tasks and priorities in order to succeed, the ability to take criticism and learn from it, and that the teams learned from obstacles to come out stronger and more prepared for things they could not predict.  Those are some pretty invaluable skills!

 

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

Tennis Update – Substate

We had great success at Substate tennis this weekend. Here is an update from coach Briggs:

Pioneers Prevail Against Rival Pella — 5-3, Punch Ticket to State Finals

By defeating North Polk and Pella on Saturday, the Maharishi Pioneers tennis team added to their record of the most trips to the state finals in Iowa history.

“It was far from easy,” exhaled Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs. “Our backs were to the wall, but sometimes that’s when the magic happens.”

After defeating North Polk 5-2 in the morning, the Pioneers turned their attention to their longtime rival, Pella, who had thwarted the Pioneers bid for a state final birth in 2017.

“Leaving Fairfield at 6:30 am to play Pella in their backyard may not seem like an ideal way to spend a Saturday,” said Briggs, “but I told the team that these are the best possible moments for an athlete because they offer a chance to rise to levels we might never have experienced before.”

The Pioneers kept on rising until they captured a 5-3 win over a tenacious Pella squad. In the singles pairings, Maharishi swept positions 1, 2, and 3 while Pella returned the favor at 4, 5, and 6.

Just prior to the start of the doubles matches, thunderstorms rolled through Pella, forcing the teams to shuttle to Oskaloosa to finish the meet at an indoor facility. “Our team loves playing indoors so the coaches viewed it as a good omen.”

“We sent our top two teams out, feeling confident that Kai and Daniel would pick up a point for us, but no one was expecting the absolute demolition of a very capable Pella team,” said Briggs. “Our guys literally didn’t miss a ball the entire match, winning 6-0, 6-0. I think Pella was in shock!”

Vessey and Zhu’s win left the Pioneers needing just one point to punch their tickets to the state finals. The Pioneers hopes rested in the hands of Devan Burke and David Zhang, a relatively new combo that had not played together much during the regular season. When Pella jumped out to a 4-1 lead, things looked bleak for the Pioneers.

“We were out of sync… unable to find the flow,” assessed Briggs. “We were pressing, but sometimes it takes a few gritty, blue-collar points to turn things around, and that’s what our guys came up with. From being down 1-4 in the opening set, Devan took matters into his hands and dominated the match with all-out aggression. David’s steady play perfectly complimented Devan’s forcefulness. You never know how the chemistry of a new team will hold up under pressure, but Devan and David lifted each other up… it was gratifying to watch.”

The Pioneers #2 team nearly matched the performance of their teammates, Kai and Daniel. From a 4-1 deficit, the Pioneers #2 ran off 11 straight games to take the match, 6-4, 6-0.

“Running the table with a trip to Des Moines on the line is difficult,” stated Briggs. “Everything we do is geared toward reaching the state finals, and every person on the team knows what’s at stake in the final doubles matches. To play your absolute best tennis with everything on the line is extraordinary… and to have all four guys do it at the same time is more than we coaches could ask for. Kai, Daniel, Devan, and David all found their peak performance in Oskaloosa. As Devan said afterward, ‘I can’t believe how good this feels.’

“We buried a ghost or two today,” laughed Briggs, referring to the past two years when the Pioneers were within a whisker of reaching the state finals.

“To see our seniors celebrating was cool,” said Briggs. “Those guys do everything together. They’re great friends on and off the court… and they represent our community so well. The group of parents and school administrators who witnessed the match will have a sweet memory. Sometimes the parents don’t get enough credit, but they’ve been there for the team all these years and you can feel the love and appreciation they have for the team.”

The Pioneers will make yet another record-breaking trip to Des Moines on May 29th.

Maharishi – Pella

Singles

#1 Kai Vessey def Jordan Roozeboom 6-1, 6-1

#2 Devan Burke def Colton Edwards6-2, 6-1

#3 Daniel Zhu def Jack Edwards6-4, 6-0

#4 David Zhang lost to Carter Briggs6-3, 6-3

#5 Karthik Vempati lost to Isaiah Martin6-4, 6-2

#6 Frank Wang lost to Austin Adrian6-1, 6-0

Doubles

#1 Vessey/ZhudefRoozeboom/J. Edwards6-0, 6-0

#2 Burke/ZhangdefC. Edwards/Briggs6-4, 6-0

Note:

The State Singles and Doubles tournament is Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26, 9:00 at Byrnes Park Tennis Center, 1110 Campbell Ave, Waterloo (Daniel Zhu in singles, Kai Vessey and Devan Burke in doubles).

The State Team Final Four is Tuesday, May 29th, 8:15, at Waveland Park, 4822 Observatory Rd, Des Moines.

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556